Wednesday, April 27, 2011

More Easy Art

So I had all these cool old postcards I got in a giveaway package from the fabulous Cindy.
Some are receipts, for rent or a mortgage payment, I'm guessing. 
(did you see the date? 1915!! And if it's rent they were paying, it was $9.72! Most of the postcards have this receipt on the back, and the amount never changes.)
 And most of them are addressed to Ida. Whomever she may be.
Then there's this old french postcard from the Louvre. It was blank. A souvenir, I think.
This is the back of one postcard, and I don't think it has anything to do with Ida. She's not mentioned.
It's a little hard to read, but this is what it says.
"Dear Palm,
The Social for Saturday night has been postponed and Ethel is going away so you had better not bring that guy down. 
            Goodby From L."
(I know! That's it?!? What guy? Why can't Palm bring him anyway? Who names a kid "Palm"? Is it a family name? And where is Ethel going? Am I the only one who thinks "away" sounds just a little ominous? Who's 'L'? Is he afraid to use his whole name? And why doesn't he know how to spell "goodbye"? This fragment of history is far too fragmented for me. I want the entire story!)
I also had this.
I was tired of it, and burgundy has never been my favorite color anyway. But it's the perfect size for my odd little wall space.
So I framed the postcards.
 I painted the mat board with black craft paint, and spray painted the frame ivory. I distressed it and glazed it with some brown glaze.
The postcards are just held on some cardboard with double stick tape. 
(And now that I'm looking at that reflection of myself casually leaning against the wall, it looks like I might have some crazy armpit hair. I don't. That's a palm tree behind me.)

Total cost?
$0.00 since I just used what I had.
Time spent?
About an hour. Most of that was waiting for the paint to dry.
(Wouldn't that be a great name for a blog? "Waiting For The Paint To Dry"?)

Thanks for reading! 

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A Little Knick Knack


Korrie@RedHenHome said...

This turned out beautifully! Love it.

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

I love this, Suzanne! I'm with you. I'd love to know the story behind the note. It has the makings of another "The Notebook" book.

I have a receipt of my grandparents' marriage license that I've kept in a scrapbook. You've given me a great idea to display it instead of having it stored away.

Marie @ Chocolate-Covered Chaos said...

Great idea! And it fits in with your decorating style and theme perfectly :)

Polly said...


Dagmar said...

OMG! I laughed out loud reading your blog this write so well....did you realize that there were 2 palms in your story..the name and the perfect is that..I think "Waiting for the paint to dry" would be a great name for a blog...perfect for a DIYer!!!! I wonder what we will learn from your wonderful blog tomorrow!

SANDI said...

I Love it, Suzanne. What a great idea! I'm with you, I would Love to know the rest of the story too!

Red Gate Farm said...

Looks great! I like the black and white much better than the burgundy and gold.

And you're right, waiting for paint to dry would be a great title for a blog!


{northern cottage} said...

crazy armpit hair? oh my you made me belly laugh! i'm still giggling actually - struck the right chord I guess! The maroon thing just didn't look like something you would even have but am loving the history the postcard thing & old all mixed together. Well done girlie!

hilary @ the upcycle furniture co. said...

love it. u have been busy!

Cindi @ Rustique Art said...

Oh goodness this is awesome! It's a beautiful redo. Makes me want to go scour those booths at the flea markets that always have the old family photos from who knows where. Does that ever make you feel sad? who are the people and where is their family who should still have these precious photos. Anyway, this project just rocks my socks off.

The Painted Parlor said...

LOL! crazy armpit hair. i love history like that, it makes my imagination wonder! i agree, way too fragmented!! how fun though.


Angela said...

Palm can't bring her boyfriend because Ethel won't be there to wouldn't be proper. So there you have it!

Sara @ thesherlockshome said...

Beautiful work. That looks much better with the postcards!

And that would be a GREAT blog name.

Lisa said...

LOVE IT. Terrific idea. Creative and really interesting to look at. I just love old post cards, love the nostalgia.
Great work Suzanne.

Suveliina said...

That's a great idea! It does look better with postcards. Have a good day dear!

cindy the cottage chick said...

Hilarious! I don't know what made me pop over today, but I'm glad I did :) I remember reading that card from 'Palm' and thinking all the same things *snicker* Love how you framed 'em up. I'm trying to get back to reading and commenting on blogs, and yours will of course be a daily stop. :)

Stella Pearl Photography said...

I've met two darling old ladies named Palmer before...maybe Palm is a nickname?

gina3 said...

Me too! The crazy arm pit hair made me bust a gut. I didn't even notice it until you pointed it out and then I cracked up. Your framed old cards look better and surprisingly more modern than the burgundy...I'm not a fan of burgundy either although there may be a bit of it around here too.

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

This is hysterical! As I was reading what was on that postcard each of your questions was running through my mind! Seriously, Palm?? And I do I need to send you some Daisy razor to keep that pit hair under control? Geez!
I love your framed art. LOVE!

Something Nice and Pretty said...

What a great idea! I'll have to try to paint a mate board someday:)

maureen said...

That is a perfect name for a blog! And you are so clever. Love the framed art, how funny is that post card. And? On the one card I can see where it says Shelbyville Ill, that's not far from where I live. small world.

pamq said...

Well, I am ever so glad to know that you don't have crazy armpit hair.

Love, love, love the postcards and what you did with them.

And I am very glad to know that someone else worries about things like Palm and Ethel.

You made think that another good name for a blog would be "Watching The Grass Grow"

A Cottage Muse said...

I love the way you create!

Katherine said...

Armpit hair! Seriously. You had me laughing out loud at that today, thank you, I needed it, in a bit of a funk today, but the armpit hair - that was good!

Anonymous said...

I am from Danville Illinois --- that is too amazing...........and Hoopeston is about 15 miles away ---------

Cheryl McIntire

Theresa said...

This is a great transformation I love them framed like that! Thank you for pointing out that those were not your armpit hairs... I was worried! LOL xoxo

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